Fitness trends come and go almost as swiftly as fashion trends. Tae-Bo replaced kick boxing, pilates replaced yoga, and so on and so forth. Staying in shape is hard enough with poor diet choices around every corner and the cost of gym memberships, yet a new trend is swiftly changing all that. Barefoot running. Yes I know it sounds crazy not to mention dangerous, but barefoot running has backing from the scientific community
which shows it's better than shoes. It's also being said that barefoot running may prevent common injuries. So maybe your runner's knee isn't your knee at all, maybe it's your shoes.
This is interesting to me due to my revolving commitment to running. I wouldn't go as far as calling myself a runner, but I can definitely be classified as a person who likes to run. Recently I've noticed the ol' knee twinging during my 5 mile runs, and having heard so much about barefoot running and reduced injuries, I'm thinking of trying this trend.
But with all this being said I refuse to run barefoot. Correction, I refuse to run barefoot in San Francisco. Should I find myself at the beach or in the deep woods, than yes, I'll give it a shot. But in a major city; broken bottles, needles, and filth are best left off my naked skin. In steps Nike
and Vibram with two unique solutions. For those who want to ease into the world of barefoot running, Nike offers the Nike Free
, a low absorption shoe that you can customize to your own tastes. Priced at $85 you'll receive 6.0% Cash Back
, plus a middle ground between heavy trainers and bare feet.
Next up is the Vibram Five Fingers shoe. Honestly it's the freakiest and most bizarre thing I've seen - I mean it really belongs on the Sci-Fi channel rather than on my feet, but in the interest of saving the cartilage in my knee I can't rule out giving these a try. Available at REI
, there are five styles for women, and six styles for men. All with instructions on what sports they're meant for. This Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Multisport Shoe
(say that five times fast) is just $80 and by shopping at REI you'll receive 3.0% Cash Back
. Designed to replicate barefoot running, this shoe gives it's user the closest experience other than going sans shoes. Blisters, calluses, and sore feet can be common while you're body adjusts to this new technique, but without the support of a shoe your legs and feet do more work thus creating stronger muscles along the way.
Isn't that why we run?